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Naturalists at Sea

Naturalists at Sea

by Glyn Williams

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 328 PAGES

Peopled with wonderful characters and major figures of Enlightenment science -- among them Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Joseph Banks, John Reinhold Forster, Captain Cook, and Charles Darwin. (NAT279, $38.00)

Columbus, The Four Voyages

Columbus, The Four Voyages

by Laurence Bergreen

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 422 PAGES

Though everyone knows that in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the gutsy, politically savvy, ferociously religious and increasingly deluded Admiral of the Ocean Seas organized three more daring voyages in his quixotic quest for a water route to Asia, all recounted in gripping detail by Bergreen, noted biographer of Marco Polo and Magellan. (EXP93, $22.00)

Voyages of Discovery

Voyages of Discovery

by David Boyle

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Splendidly illustrated in color, this compact chronicle of the golden age of European exploration (1492-1522) traces the voyages of Columbus, Magellan and others to Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific. Facsimile documents include ships' logs, drawings by explorers and letters home. (EXP90, $24.95)

Explorers of the Nile

Explorers of the Nile

by Tim Jeal

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

Tim Jeal widens his scope in this spirited new history of the great 19th-century quest for the origins of the Nile, covering the many expeditions and complex rivalries of Burton and Speke, Livingstone and Stanley and other Victorian adventurers with panache. (AFR287, $18.50)

The History of Seafaring

The History of Seafaring

by Juha Nurminen | Donald Johnson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 344 PAGES

The challenges, science and development of navigation, seafaring and shipbuilding from the Phoenicians to modern navies and round-the-world sailing yachts are all revealed in this sumptuously illustrated history. (OCE166, $60.00)

Voyage of the Beagle

Voyage of the Beagle

by Charles Darwin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it is still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America. (GPS02, $12.95)

Bering, The Russian Discovery of America

Bering, The Russian Discovery of America

by Orcutt Frost

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 354 PAGES

The first modern biography of the great explorer and an excellent account of still little-known regions of Kamchatka and the Russian Far East. The author draws on new evidence to reinvigorate the life and adventures of the seafaring Dane. (SIB33, $34.00)

1493, Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

1493, Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

by Charles C. Mann

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 532 PAGES

Mann's eye-opening tale of the great Columbian Exchange, the biological tsunami unleashed by the introduction of foreign species of plants and animals both in Europe, and especially, in the Americas. (NAM70, $17.95)

The Last Crusade, The Epic Voyages of Vasco Da Gama

The Last Crusade, The Epic Voyages of Vasco Da Gama

by Nigel Cliff

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 547 PAGES

Nigel Cliff rescues the ambitious Vaso da Gama from the shadow of Columbus, revealing not just the drama, treachery and audacity of his voyages -- longest of the day -- but also the impact of the arrival of Christian Portugal in the Muslim East. Cliff travels in da Gama's footsteps to add detail, authenticity, and a contemporary perspective to this already epic tale. With red crosses emblazoned on their sails, these explorers circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and, ultimately, found the sea route to the riches of the fabled Indies, the grail that eluded Columbus. (IDA651, $17.99)

Round About the Earth

Round About the Earth

by Joyce E. Chaplin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

Harvard Historian Joyce Chaplin's rollicking Round About the Earth traces the outsized personalities, grand enterprises and inspired folly of those globe-trotting men and women who have circled the planet over the last 500 years. Beginning, naturally with Magellan, she covers scientists, explorers, pirates and empire builders from James Cook to Charles Darwin, Phileas Fog (she includes fictional characters too), Amelia Earhart, Yuri Gagarin, and John Glenn. (EXP99, $20.00)

 
Atlantic

Atlantic


by Simon Winchester

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 475 PAGES

The subtitle tells it all -- Winchester squeezes "Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories" into the covers of this latest entertaining and digressive tale. (OCE156, $15.99)

Beyond the Edge of the Sea

Beyond the Edge of the Sea


by Mauricio Obregon

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 132 PAGES

The adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses and other explorers of the ancient world are recreated in this personal account of ships, navigation and geographical discovery. (MED50, $15.00)

Bligh, William Bligh in the South Seas

Bligh, William Bligh in the South Seas


by Anne Salmond

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 528 PAGES

In this well-told, prodigiously researched tale, Salmon sheds new insight into the mutiny aboard the Bounty and on Bligh's remarkable 3,000-mile journey by small open boat, bringing the role of the Pacific Islanders to the forefront. (PAC305, $48.95)

Exploration, A Very Short Introduction

Exploration, A Very Short Introduction


by Stewart A. Weaver

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

From the Polynesians in the Pacific to the Norse of the Atlantic, this installment in the Very Short Introduction series celebrates a quintessential human impulse: the need to explore. Taking us from prehistory to the present, Weaver presents the significance of explorers to the making of the modern world and globalization. (EXP112, $11.95)

Explorers, The Most Exciting Voyages of Discovery

Explorers, The Most Exciting Voyages of Discovery


by Andrea de Porti

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 184 PAGES

Featuring the richly illustrated stories of 22 luminaries, including Ernest Shackleton, Neil Armstrong, Edmund Hillary, Thor Heyerdahl, and Roald Amundsen, each accompanied by a brief biography, maps and photographs. (EXP35, $29.95)

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

A seafaring tale of fearsome whales, cannibalism and sturdy 19th-century Nantucketers. The story depicts true events which inspired Melville to write Moby Dick. A fascinating history of 19th-century society in Nantucket. (OCE47, $17.00)

Longitude

Longitude


by Dava Sobel | Neil Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

An elegant extended essay on the historically vexing problem of determining longitude and the solution developed by master clockmaker John Harrison. It's a captivating story of marine chronometers, Byzantine 18th-century British politics, and the age of sail. With photographs. (HSC01, $16.99)

Looking for a Ship

Looking for a Ship


by John McPhee

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

In his signature style of exploring important but neglected subjects, McPhee joins a friend in the Merchant Marine on a voyage through the Panama Canal. (GEN133, $17.00)

Pacific

Pacific


by Simon Winchester

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Subtitled "Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision," Winchester's far-reaching history explores humanity's relationship with the world's largest body of water, the source of both great opportunity and terrifying natural disaster. (OCE218, $16.99)

Ships, Clocks and Stars, the Quest for Longitude

Ships, Clocks and Stars, the Quest for Longitude


by Richard Dunn

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

A lively history of a great achievement of navigation and science (and our namesake!). This handsomely illustrated large format book presents the scientific, political and commercial battles of the 18th century that contextualize the need to accurately measure a ship's position at sea. Authors Richard Dunn and Renekah Higgitt tell the story of a humble, self-educated clockmaker who solved the problem and claimed a national prize. (EXP114, $75.00)

The Floating Brothel, The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts

The Floating Brothel, The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts


by Sian Rees

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A richly detailed account of Australia's founding mothers, the more than 240 women deported from England for petty crimes in 1790. Sailing on the Lady Julian, these women were to ensure the future of the then-struggling colony. (AUS124, $19.99)

Who Discovered America?, The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas

Who Discovered America?, The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas


by Gavin Menzies

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

In this personable, ground-breaking history, Menzies presents new research about various cultures' journeys to reach North America. (EXP111, $16.99)

Why Read Moby-Dick?

Why Read Moby-Dick?


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 131 PAGES

Philbrook re-creates the world of Melville -- and the proud seaman's town of 19th-century Nantucket -- in this enthusiastic little book. (USE534, $13.00)

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind, The Life of William Dampier

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind, The Life of William Dampier


by Michael Preston | Diana Preston

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A marvelously well researched, absorbing biography of the 17th century English explorer, sea captain naturalist and buccaneer. Long our favorite pirate, it's a pleasure to see the accomplishments of the swashbuckler laid out so effectively. (GBR436, $15.00)

Across the Top of the World

Across the Top of the World


by James P. Delgado

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Covering all the major expeditions in detail and written with passion and authority, this richly illustrated history by James Delgado covers the quest for the fabled Northwest Passage, from the disaster of the Franklin Expedition to the triumph of Roald Amundsen and all the way up to present-day research. (ARC61, $24.95)

Cape Horn

Cape Horn


by Felix Riesenberg | William A. Briesemeister

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1985
  • HARD COVER
  • 450 PAGES

Magellan, Drake and Darwin are all covered in Captain Riesenberg's lively tale of exploration and discovery, first published in 1939. A master mariner, Reisenberg draws on his own long association with seafaring and the sea. (PAT10, $39.95)

N by E

N by E


by Rockwell Kent | Edward Hoagland

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 282 PAGES

The classic account of a 1929 sailing voyage from Labrador to Greenland, illustrated with wood-block prints by the author on every other page. (ARC35, $22.95)

Over the Edge of the World, Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the World

Over the Edge of the World, Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the World


by Laurence Bergreen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

This uncommonly well written biography brings to life the complex, difficult 16th-century Portuguese captain and his discoveries. Bergreen follows the great navigator from his origins in Seville and on his voyages to the Americas, and through the Pacific. (WLD44, $16.99)

Sailing Alone Around the World

Sailing Alone Around the World


by Joshua Slocum

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A born storyteller and American hero, Slocum recounts his many adventures aboard the 36-foot wooden sloop Spray on the first-ever solo circumnavigation of the globe. (EXP03, $14.00)

Sea of Glory, America's Voyage of Discovery: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

Sea of Glory, America's Voyage of Discovery: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

An accomplished, vivid history of an around-the-world expedition commanded by Charles Wilkes. (PAC140, $17.00)

Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives

Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives


by David Cordingly

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER

A fascinating survey of women who went to sea, as wives, crossdressing cabin boys or even lighthouse keepers, during the age of sail. (OCE94, $17.00)

Sextant

Sextant


by David Barrie

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

David Barrie chronicles the story of the sextant from its invention through three centuries of use by great explorers, including James Cook, Robert Fitz-Roy, Frank Worsley and Joshua Slocum. Interwoven with this fascinating history of navigation is the author's own first trans-Atlantic crossing during which he learned to use a sextant. (EXP110, $14.99)

Shores of Knowledge

Shores of Knowledge


by Joyce Appleby

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

"No one had any idea of what would happen if ships sailed west across the Atlantic," writes historian Joyce Appleby in this tale of the scientific revolution unleashed by the great voyages of the Age of Discovery. (EXP100, $15.95)

The Conquest of the Ocean

The Conquest of the Ocean


by Brian Lavery

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • OUT OF PRINT

This exciting volume, spanning 5,000 years of the ocean's history, tells the stories of the courageous individuals who sailed seas, for trade, to conquer new lands and to explore the unknown, from the early Polynesians to the first circumnavigations by the Portuguese and the British. (OCE189, $30.00)

The Cruise of the Corwin

The Cruise of the Corwin


by John Muir | William Frederic Bade

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An account of an 1881 voyage with Muir and others in search of the Jeanette Expedition, this book is also an eyewitness report of little-known lands including the Chukchi Peninsula, Diomede, Wrangel and Herald islands. (ALA76, $18.95)

The Cruise of the Snark

The Cruise of the Snark


by Jack London

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A facsimile edition of London's richly evocative account of his ambitious 1906-1907 voyage aboard a 43-foot ketch from San Francisco to Hawaii, the Marquesas, Tuomotos, Fiji and the Solomon Islands with his wife and two crew members. Includes 119 original photographs of places and people. (PAC17, $16.95)

The Hard Way Around

The Hard Way Around


by Geoffrey Wolff

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Wolff captures all the drama and gumption of his audacious hero's life in this enchanting biography of Joshua Slocum, first man to complete a solo circumnavigation. A great admirer of Sailing Alone Around the World, Wolff includes long, affecting passages from Slocum's masterpiece, never out of print since its publication in 1909. (OCE159, $15.00)

Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast


by Richard H. Dana

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 572 PAGES

The visceral, gripping account of life at sea during an 1838 voyage from Boston to California that took seaman Richard H. Dana around Cape Horn. (PAT06, $16.00)

Voyaging, Southward from the Strait of Magellan

Voyaging, Southward from the Strait of Magellan


by Rockwell Kent

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

An illustrated account of Rockwell's foolhardy voyage with a madman through magnificent Tierra del Fuego in a jury-rigged lifeboat. Both the text and striking woodcut illustrations communicate this dangerous landscape's dynamic character. (CHI29, $19.95)

Captain Cook, Master of the Seas

Captain Cook, Master of the Seas


by Frank McLynn

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 490 PAGES

McLynn re-creates the remarkable voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the remote Pacific, showing him to be a brave and brilliant seaman who transcended his humble beginnings as a deckhand and triumphed through good fortune, courage and talent. (PAC237, $25.00)

Darwin's Armada, Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution

Darwin's Armada, Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution


by Iain McCalman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

McCalman writes winningly of the lives, times and travels of Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Wallace. All three younger men, important in the history of science, were inspired by Darwin and, like him, set out to explore the world: Huxley aboard the Rattlesnake in Australia and New Guinea; Wallace in the Amazon and throughout Southeast Asia; and Darwin's good friend Hooker, later director of Kew Gardens, was a naturalist aboard the Erebus and Terror on James Clark Ross's voyage to the Antarctic. (NAT181, $18.95)

Hashish, A Smuggler's Tale

Hashish, A Smuggler's Tale


by Henri De Monfreid

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Nobleman, adventurer and inspiration for the swashbuckling gun runner in the Adventures of Tintin, De Monfreid dodges blockades and pirates in this classic account of drug running from Aden to Suez in the early 20th century. (EGY315, $15.00)

Sea Change, Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat

Sea Change, Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat


by Peter Nichols

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER

With only a sextant, his instincts as a seasoned sailor and memories of his foundering marriage, Nichols sets out from England for Maine in his twenty-seven-foot, engineless boat, Toad. (ATL33, $16.95)

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles


by Adam Nicolson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea. (GBR561, $13.95)

The Boat Who Wouldn't Float

The Boat Who Wouldn't Float


by Farley Mowat

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A laugh-out-loud account of Mowat's determination to refurbish and sail a clunky old boat in the not-always-forgiving waters of Newfoundland. (NFL02, $5.99)

Jamrach's Menagerie

Jamrach's Menagerie


by Carol Birch

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

Plucked from the mouth of an escaped circus tiger in 19th-century London, the young Jaffy Brown is recruited by explorer and entrepreneur Mr. Charles Jamrach to join a whaling expedition to the East Indies and bring back a fabled dragon in this seafaring yarn of the first order, shortlisted for the 2011 Booker Prize. (INS117, $15.00)

Moby Dick

Moby Dick


by Herman Melville

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • HARD COVER
  • 864 PAGES

This sturdy Modern Library edition includes Rockwell Kent's original woodcuts. (OCE91, $24.00)

Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty


by James Norman Hall | Charles Nordhoff

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 379 PAGES

The well-known (and loved) fictional account of the voyage of the HMS Bounty, greatly enjoyable despite its probable lack of accuracy regarding Bligh's personality. (PAC11, $15.99)

River of Smoke

River of Smoke


by Amitav Ghosh

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

A clipper ship carrying opium from India to Canton, a nursery ship on the trail of rare Chinese plants and the good ship Ibis, full of indentured servants, converge in Canton's Fanqui-Town, or Foreign Enclave, in this second book in Ghosh's epic trilogy. (IDA638, $18.00)

Swords from the Sea


by Harold Lamb

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

This volume collects Lamb's rip-roaring seafaring stories, originally published in rare pulp magazines of the day. With tales of Vikings, pirates, heroes, rogues and explorers. (OCE155, $26.95)

The Cat's Table

The Cat's Table


by Michael Ondaatje

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 269 PAGES

Ondaatje conjures the wonder of an 11-year-old boy on a great journey across the Indian Ocean from Colombo through the Suez Canal to London in this marvelous tale of coming of age on the high seas. The tale is populated with Miss Lasqueti, Flavia Prins and all manner of mysterious and appealing characters, with many scenes set at Table 76, the cat's table, "the least privileged place." (OCE179, $15.95)

The Road to Samarcand

The Road to Samarcand


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS

A rip-roaring tale of adventure on the high seas and across Central Asia by the incomparable Patrick O-Brian, originally published in 1954 and geared for teenagers. The dramatis personae includes an American teenage boy (just orphaned), a seafaring uncle and elderly archaeologist cousin; the adventures are many. (CAS147, $14.95)

We, the Drowned

We, the Drowned


by Carsten Jensen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

Set in his hometown in Denmark, Jensen spins an old-fashioned tale of love, war and adventure, following his seafaring townsmen from the shipyards in Marstal to the barren rocks of Newfoundland, roughest bars in Hobart and the frozen coasts of Russia. (DMK44, $16.95)

Moby-Duck

Moby-Duck


by Donovan Hohn

  • SCIENCE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • NEW

Hohn's accidental odyssey into the fate of many thousand rubber ducks takes him into the world of oceanography, tides and currents, Arctic research and the shadowy realms of manufacture in China. It's a high adventure, harebrained perhaps, but compelling, especially for those of us who have spent time at sea; Hohn experiences some truly terrible weather. (OCE176, $17.00)

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